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accident125Accidents on Portugal’s road network have resulted in 460 deaths so far in 2017, according to the National Highway Safety Authority.

The death toll is 53 higher than in the same period of 2016, with the number of accidents registered at the Authority by the police and the GNR, up 1,902 from last year’s 116,340.

MinisterCentenoFinanceMário Centeno, is to become the next president of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, taking over the job from Jeroen Dijsselbloem in January, 2018.

The election of Portugal’s current finance minister is prestigous and will delight Portugal's socialist administration while improving the country’s international standing after António Guterres was elected as the Secretary-General of the United Nations in October 2016.

windfarmseaThe President of Endesa Portugal, Nuno Ribeiro da Silva, says that half of the energy bills in Portugal is "payment for taxes and fees.”

"Energy has been the cash cow of government revenues," said the Endesa boss whose company is a leader in the renewable energy sector in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa, producing solar, wind, hydro and geothermal energy.

fatimaAn unholy alliance between the government and the Australian energy company Australis has seen the Sanctuary of Fátima included in an oil and gas exploration zone - with fracking a real possibility.

An urgent appeal has been posted by leading anti-oil and gas organisation, ASMAA, which asks all Catholics, there are around eight million in Portugal, to write to their MPs and government, and come to a demonstration in Lisbon.

BrazilainDeadShotWomanThe body of the Brazilian woman shot dead by Lisbon police on November 15th, arrived in Paranavaí, northwest of Paraná in Brazil on Friday with the cost being covered by her employer, a restaurant at Lisbon airport.

Ivanice Carvalho da Costa was killed in a Public Security Police operation when armed officers mistook the black Renault Mégane, in which she was a passenger, as a black Seat Leon getaway car being used by a gang of cash machine robbers. Officers fired 40 rounds at the car and hit da Costa in the neck. She died at the scene.

fireautodromeThe Algarve’s almost miraculous escape from the worst of this summer’s fires has been confirmed, with only 290 hectares burned compared with 5,801 in 2016, between January and the end of October each year.

An average of only one fire a day, led the region’s relief operations chief to declare that these are excellent results with all but nine of the Algarve's 365 fires put out within the first 90 minutes.

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